I am so excited to share with you this most truly beautiful destination wedding. When Sarah & Will sent their photos across I was blown away. Sarah worked as a designer for Cath Kidson so there is some serious flower and colour action! The incredible styling and decoration all designed and hand-crafted by Sarah together with their super sweet love story make this just perfect!
Sarah married Will in the stunning setting of The Repulsive Bay in Hong Kong and the day was exquisitely captured by the talented Kong Wai of History Studio. They chose to get married in Hong Kong as it was where their story began many years ago as their grandparents were neighbors and their parents best friends! Although Sarah and Will were childhood friends, Will moved to Michigan when he was five and Sarah to London. It wasn’t until 20 years later Will visited Sarah in London and not long after Will proposed on the step of her Kensington flat – it was meant to be!
SARAH & WILL
DATE: 20th October 2012
THE VENUE: The Repulse Bay, Hong Kong. We loved the colonial style building which housed the Verandah, it was the perfect size for us! We also loved the view from The Front Lawn, where we had our ceremony.
STYLE/ THEME: We didn’t have a theme as such as we wanted it to feel friendly and colorful! I adore florals so every chance I had we tried to incorporate them. During our wedding we had a traditional Chinese tea Ceremony. For Chinese weddings it is customary for the couple to kneel on the floor (as a sign of respect) and serve tea to the elderly members of the family. The family members bless the couple will gold jewellery or red pockets in return.
PHOTOGRAPHY: We chose Kong at History studio as we loved his cool, photojournalist style. Sarah and Will also had a beautiful engagement shoot at Sarah’s Kensington flat captured by the amazing Marianne Taylor, to see the images click here.
THE DRESS: My dress was called River by Rosa Clara and I bought it from La Salon Bridal in Michigan. I always though I wanted a soft, dreamy dress made in tulle but ended up with a structured silk organza dress! I tried on at least 20 dresses and none of them felt right, they were either too fussy or they drowned me. I just felt amazing, the moment I tried it on, I had no doubt it was the one.
ACCESSORIES: I wore a chapel length veil which was a special order as I really wanted a long blusher, it also had a three tier border on the back to echo the design of the dress. My earrings were vintage pearls and the fresh flowers in my hair matched my bouquet.
THE SHOES: I wore some sparkly Louboutin’s with my wedding gown and Jimmy Choo’s with my traditional Chinese dress.
BRIDESMAIDS: My bridesmaids wore Robert Rodriguez and the flower girls wore Laura Ashley.
THE GROOM: Will wore a Morning suit, with a Paul Smith shirt and shoes and a Silver Armani Tie in the morning. He changed into tux and tails with a White Zegna bow tie in the evening.
THE FLOWERS: I wanted the flowers to be multi-coloured and a mixture of different varieties, shapes and sizes. I chose Leucospermum’s for their shape and little Tweedia’s as I just love them.
DECOR + DETAILS: Sarah made all the DIY elements herself, I especially love the inspiration/ mood board that Sarah created. The board included elements from their wedding planning and special times they had spent together. The incredible paper floral arch was designed and made by Sarah as was the finger print signing sheet. The super talented Sarah used a mixture of her own floral prints for the pretty floral paper confetti cones, programs and table numbers!
THE STATIONARY: We made and printed our save the dates at home. For our wedding invitations we went for a really classic look, it was in English on one side and Chinese on the other.
THE CAKE: A cream fruit cake with cute felt bird cake topper.
THE MUSIC: We had a jazz band as I wanted to walk down the isle to a sax! The five piece band played during the reception and dancing. Our first dance was ‘So Close’ by Jon Mclaughlin.
THE HONEYMOON: We popped to Thailand for a four day mini moon after the wedding but are planning to go on a proper one next year. As our wedding was a “destination” wedding we didn’t have enough holiday days left!
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: Will was so choked up he couldn’t say his vows at all. I thought it was really sweet and in the evening his best man (who he’s known for 22 years) got all choked up too. It’s just too cute when guys get all emotional!
OUR TOP TIPS: I guess just make sure that the wedding is “you” and reflects you as couple.
Also, it’s OK to be “too clear” when talking to vendors, never assume they can read your mind! If there is information people need to know, make sure you give it to them. Friendly communication with vendors is key!
Photography: Kong Wai at History Studio | Venue: The Repulse Bay, Hong Kong | Florist: My Elegant Wedding | Dress: Rosa Clara, La Salon Bridal, Michigan | Groom: Paul Smith, Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna | Bridesmaids: Robert Rodriguez & Laura Ashley | Hair & Make-up: Sum Wong | Stationary: Designed by Sarah & Will | Cake Topper: My Merry Made | Entertainment: Ladybird & The Diamonds
How beautiful?! Thanks so much to History Studio for sharing the beautiful images, the light in those dancing shots is mesmerizing!
I love how all of Sarah & Will’s hand-crafted ideas and decorations were a true reflection of them as a couple. It’s such a lovely idea to share all your wedding planning, inspiration and stories with your guests on a mood board displayed on the day. Often guests have no idea of the time and effort you put into your big day! Congratulations and big love to Sarah & Will on creating such a wonderful day, wishing you many happy years ahead… Mrs White x